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Pandemic series ‘Contagion’ sold to European, Asian broadcasters

UK production house Rare TV’s medical documentary Contagion has been picked up for re-broadcast in several countries in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special was originally commissioned by BBC Four and first broadcast in 2018. It was retransmitted on the UK pubcaster last month and has since been sold by UK-based distributor Magnify […]

BBC Four commissions Rare TV’s ‘The River’

BBC Four has commissioned Rare TV for a feature documentary on Scotland’s longest river.  In The River: A Year In The Life Of The Tay, award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald observes the Tay — which begins as a small Highland watercourse and ends as a vast torrent spilling into the North Sea at Dundee — over the […]

BBC to develop AI that helps programme makers and schedulers

The BBC’s research and development department (BBC R&D) is developing Artificial Intelligence to help programme makers and schedulers unlock valuable resources from its extensive library. The news arrived as BBC 4.1 Artificial Intelligence TV brings two nights of experiential programming including a series part-made by AI on September 4 and 5. There will be new […]

BBC Four buys new Welsh noir

UK network BBC Four has acquired Hidden (Craith), the upcoming Welsh-language noir drama from the makers of Hinterland (Y Gwyll). The deal with All3Media International comes after BBC Four acquired detective drama Hinterland. Hidden will launch in Welsh on S4C in January next year before the bilingual version, Hidden, airs on BBC Wales and then […]

BBC among French sci-fi drama buyers

The UK’s BBC Four, Germany’s RTL and DR in Denmark have boarded a French sci-fi drama series from Empriente Digitale. DR’s deal gives it exclusive local rights for seasons one and two of Missions, while the BBC and RTL have struck second window deals, for free TV and premium pay TV respectively, as AMC-owned SVOD […]

BBC Four buys French mystery drama

BBC Four has acquired Witnesses: A Frozen Death, an eight-part mystery from France. Witnesses is directed by Hervé Hadmar and produced by Cinétévé for France 2. It stars Marie Dompnier (The Tunnel) and Audrey Fleurot (Spiral). The series follows Sandra Winckler (Dompnier), who explores the case of 15 male bodies found frozen on an abandoned bus. […]

BBC Four acquires German drama Reformation

UK channel BBC Four has acquired German-language drama Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther, and is planning a natural history-themed slow TV show. Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther is a 2x120mins series that about the life of the titular religious figure, whose thesis changed the Catholic Church forever. FremantleMedia-owned UFA Fiction produced the show […]

All3Media comedy drama headed to ABC in Oz

All3Media international has concluded a deal in Australia for the BBC Four comedy drama Bucket. Solution 3 Productions’ Bucket will make its primetime debut in Australia on pubcaster ABC later this year. ABC Commercial has also secured the physical and digital home entertainment rights to both Bucket and Fleabag in Australia and New Zealand. The […]

Kirkham: no topic ‘taboo’ for BBC Factual

BBC factual controller Alison Kirkham has pledged that “no subject should be taboo” for the UK public broadcaster’s output, as she unveiled a number of new commissions last night. Speaking at an event in London, Kirkham outlined her vision for BBC factual commissioning, saying the pubcaster could not “shy away from ambitious, complicated programmes”. Kirkham […]

BBC celebrates Gay Britannia

UK pubcaster the BBC is to run a season of programmes celebrating gay culture in Britain. The Gay Britannia season comes on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Programmes will play on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, and on BBC radio stations. Among the highlights is a […]

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